Comcast Ruling (January 10, 2007)
Cablevision Ruling (January 10, 2007)
The major U.S. cable companies can no longer avoid deploying cable-card enabled set-top boxes. Most recently Comcast had sought a waiver for set-tops that wouldn't rely on the external CableCARD to house signal-security technology. It argued this waiver would save consumers millions of dollars. Of course, the purpose of the CableCARD mandate is to open free competition, increase set-top innovation and increase consumer choice in set-top products and services such as those offered by TiVo, Microsoft's Media Center software and others without giving a preference to any one supplier/technology. Such a waiver would have given Comcast and its suppliers such a preference.
The cable industry has had seven years, plus two extensions, to separate out the security and and channel surfing functions of cable set-tops. Under the most recent FCC rules, major cable companies must start using CableCARD set-tops, and cease deploying integrated settops, starting July 1, 2007.
Comcast has said it will appeal the decision.
Discussed here: TiVoCommunity Forum
- FCC Chairman Declares No More Blanket CableCARD Waivers (January 12, 2007)
- TiVo Continues to Fight the Good CableCARD/Integration Ban Fight (October 19, 2006)
- CableCARD Primer (February 6, 2006)
- Microsoft and Cablelabs Agree on CableCARD Integration into Windows Media Center (November 16, 2006)
- FCC Releases 12th Annual Report on the Status of Competition in the Video Programming Market (March 3, 2006)